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Today we got up very early to head to Durango, Colorado to ride a steam train to Silverton, CO. It’s a couple of hours to Silverton, Colorado (50 miles or so) on a steam train that has been running continuously since 1881.
Much like modern day air and rail travel, our train departed 45 min late! Even so, we were in a fancy car with tables and leather chairs. Our car’s attendant was a 3rd & 4th grade teacher moonlighting ...
... with Dale the piano player entertaining with familiar tune. The train ride through the mountains is by really old fashioned train and coaches we opt for open carriage as it's so hot and it gives access to views on both sides. The views are stunning through the base of gorge with the white water river and then having climbed looking down into the gorge. The line is just channelled out of the mountainside. We pass the spot where Butch Cassidy and ...
... Rockies along the way.
Silverton is an old mining town that has seen better days. Mining (gold, iron, silver, lead, zinc and many other minerals) began in earnest in the 1880's and the last mine shut down only twenty years ago. Much of the town is designated a National Historic Landmark. Silverton ...